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The Watering Hole: A Conversation

Date: February 18, 2022
Time: 12 to 1 p.m. 
Where: Click on the Zoom link to join the event.
Open to the public.

If you could have lunch with one person from Black history, who would it be? 

Seven OCAD U faculty members will reflect on this question at this Friday’s edition of The Watering Hole, in celebration of Black History Month. Tune in, as acclaimed faculty and staff share research interests, current projects and their academic and creative ambitions. This event takes place on Zoom and is open to the public.

The Watering Hole is a series of salon-style discussions between artists, community actors, students, and faculty. Join us for an illuminating and thought-provoking discussion with members of the Black Caucus.

Organized by the Creative Writing Program at OCAD University and the Black Caucus. 
 

Featuring

Lillian Allen
Lillian Allen is a Professor in the Faculty of Arts & Sciences at OCAD University. Two time Juno Award winner and trailblazer in the field of spoken word and dub poetry, Allen artistically explores the aesthetics of old and new sounds in music to create her distinctive leading edge brand of Canadian reggae with new world sounds in her poetry recordings, with her powerful reggae dub poetry/spoken word recordings including her latest single Woken & Unbroken (2018), album ANXIETY (2012), her groundbreaking first solo Juno award winning album Revolutionary Tea Party, a Ms. Magazine Landmark Album, followed by another Juno winner, Conditions Critical. Her third album, Freedom & Dance and her recording for children and young people, Nothing But a Hero, were released to critical acclaim.

Kestin Cornwall
Kestin Cornwall is an Assistant Professor in the Faculty of Design who grew up in the Windsor, Ontario area. His father is Grenadian, and his mother is American. He spent much of his youth in Detroit, Michigan, with his family. In 2001 he moved to Oakville, Ontario, to begin his training at Sheridan College Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning. Over the past ten years, Cornwall has focused on creating relevant progressive art. Cornwall's work aims to ask questions regarding equality, immigration and what it means to be Black in North America. Cornwall uses images to explore the notion that culture, entertainment, including film and other media, shape the mass public perception of Black people and people of colour in North American society.

Dr. Camille Isaacs
Dr. Camille Isaacs is an Associate Professor in the Faculty of Arts & Sciences at OCAD University. Her research focuses on the Black Atlantic region, everything from the Black British idiom as shown in Zadie Smith's work, to West Indian inclusion in the Harlem Renaissance, to the burgeoning Black Canadian literature of Esi Edugyan. Dr. Issacs is especially interested in how identity shifts between ethnic and racial markers, particularly for Black people in North America. 

Michael Lee Poy
Michael Lee Poy is an Assistant Professor in the Faculty of Design at OCAD University. He earned a Bachelor’s in Architecture from Pratt Institute of Technology in 1995 and a Masters in Environmental Design from Yale School of Architecture in 2004. While in New York, he established himself as an emerging installation artist in several group shows and designed/fabricated masquerade costumes for Peter Minshall in Trinidad’s Carnival. Born and raised in Montreal, Canada, Lee Poy is now a registered architect in Trinidad and Tobago and was on the executive board of the Trinidad and Tobago Institute of Architects (TTIA) as Honorary Secretary and Chair of Education. Before founding Atelier Lee Poy Ltd. in 2007, he worked in Trinidad as a junior architect at acla:works. 

Esery Mondesir
Esery Mondesir is an Instructor in the Faculty of Art at OCAD University. He is a Toronto-based filmmaker who was born in Port-au-Prince, Haïti. He worked as a high school teacher, a book designer and a labour organizer prior to receiving an MFA in cinema production from York University. His work, which includes documentary, fiction and experimental narratives, takes a critical stance on modern-day social, political and cultural phenomena to suggest a reading of our society from its margins. 

Peter Scott
Peter Scott is an Instructor in the Faculty of Arts & Sciences. His background includes business management, executive education-programming, from the Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto, Executive Programs. He holds a Master’s Degree in Design in the Strategic Foresight and Innovation program at OCAD University. His research focus includes integrative and design thinking, entrepreneurship, social innovation, social finance and micro-finance.

Dr. Alia Fortune Weston
Dr. Alia Fortune Weston is an Associate Professor of Creative and Business Enterprise at OCAD University in the Faculty of Arts & Sciences. Through her research and practice Dr. Weston explores the intersection of business, creativity and social change. She takes a critical theory perspective to question dominant research paradigms and redefine how we understand knowledge; exploring themes such as critical business practice, economic sociology, creative work in resource constraints, community empowerment and innovation and experiential food methodology.

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Join OCAD U faculty members as they reflect on the question, "if you could have lunch with one person from Black history, who would it be?" at this virtual public event.

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The Watering Hole with Members of the OCAD U Black Caucus
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Portraits of seven OCAD U faculty members with their names written above, from left to right, Dr. Camille Isaacs, Peter Scott, Esery Mondesir, Dr. Alia Weston, Kestin Cornwall, Lillian Allen and Michael Lee Poy.
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Welcome To BLACK GradEx 2021

Enjoy short podcast-style video conversations with graduating OCADU students.

Assistant Professors Michael Lee Poy & Kestin Cornwall sit down with their guests Sydney Gittens, Natia Lemay, Ehiko Odeh, Kayla Wallace,  Kaylee Meyer, Adé Abegunde.  They discuss OCAD U, art, and what inspires their work and how OCAD U and their community can assist them moving forward. You will enjoy the discussions, we promise. 

View at your convenience any time after June 1st, 2021
Available at blackocadu.ca & on Youtube

Black OCADU
blackocadu.ca/black-gradex

Black OCADU Youtube Page
youtube.com/channel/UClTk4QUJIDZgXfS88i7kMLg

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Welcome To BLACK GradEx 2021!  Enjoy short podcast-style video conversations with graduating OCADU students.

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This year’s Black History Month may come at a turbulent time, but OCAD U is primed to offer a month-long program of events to acknowledge the achievements and contributions of Black Canadians.

“With the events following the murder of George Floyd and the disproportionate effects of COVID-19 on Black communities, it felt especially important this year that we, as a community, focus on Black wellness, joy, and emancipation,” says Dr. Dori Tunstall, Dean, Faculty of Design, OCAD University. “The New Vanguard, the program organized by OCAD U’s Black Caucus and led by the Blxck Student Association, is our recognition and celebration of Black lived experiences.”

The OCAD U Blxck Student Association has chosen the theme, The New Vanguard, to showcase new developments in the Black creative community. OCAD U has a legacy of Black student-run initiatives that have impacted the Black creative community, and this year is no exception. With the goal of creating and maintaining the progressive Blxck/Afro-Canadian art and design spaces in our communities, this year’s program includes a wide array of events: artist spotlights, musical programs, wellness sessions, film screenings and discussions.

Student organized events include the panel discussion, The Role of Black Joy in Imagining Black Futures with Black creatives Theo Gibson, Sharine Taylor, Isabel Okoro, Kern Carter, and Rob Elsworthy on February 18 from 5 to 6:30 p.m. on OCAD U Live.

As part of OCAD U’s Black Art Sessions, the RBC Centre for Emerging Artists & Designers (CEAD) will feature a session with writer and curator Ebony L. Haynes on February 10 at 12 p.m. The event is open to Black art students at OCAD U. Haynes graduated from OCAD University with an MFA in Criticism and Curatorial Practice in 2011 and is currently director of the Manhattan Zwirner Gallery, expected to open this spring with an all-Black staff.

As part of her In Respectful Conversation with Dean Dori series, powered by Instagram and its parent company Facebook, Dean Dori will host Forest Young, Global Chief Creative Officer for Wolff Olins on February 10 from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. streamed on Instagram Live at @ocadu_design.

Additional events include a Black Lives Matter Reading Group event with Dr. Camille Isaacs on February 12 at 12 p.m. The discussion is based on Toronto journalist, author and activist Desmond Cole’s 2020 bestselling book, The Skin We’re In: A Year of Black Resistance and Power.

All events are listed on the Black OCAD U website, a site dedicated to creatively teach, promote, and engage Black communities within and outside of OCAD University.

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OCAD U is primed to offer a month-long program of events to acknowledge the achievements and contributions of Black Canadians. The OCAD U Blxck Student Association has chosen the theme, The New Vanguard, to showcase new developments in the Black creative community. With the goal of creating and maintaining the progressive Blxck/Afro-Canadian art and design spaces in our communities, this year’s program includes a wide array of events: artist spotlights, musical programs, wellness sessions, film screenings and discussions.
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